Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors 2012: Parise Signs With Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise has bolted the New Jersey Devils for the Minnesota Wild

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Zach Parise Signs With Minnesota Wild: Prized Free Agent Leaves New Jersey Devils

Zach Parise will not return to the New Jersey Devils next season.

The prized free agent has chosen the Minnesota Wild as his destination, according to a report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on Wednesday. The forward will make $98 million over 13 years, according to LeBrun.

He had also been considering the Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Parise had played all of his seven NHL seasons with the Devils. The 27-year-old had 31 goals and 38 assists for 69 points with the Devils last season. He added eight goals and seven assists in the playoffs to help lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Wild also agreed with Ryan Suter on Wednesday, making Independence Day a great day for the organization.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors 2012: Decision Expected Wednesday

After much speculation on where Zach Parise will land, the saga appears to be coming to an end on Wednesday.

According to TSN's Darren Drager, Parise is expected to announce on Wednesday where he will play in the 2012-13 season..

Parise is according to many the biggest prize of this year's free agent crop. The 27-year-old forward has his pick of where his future lies, with the believed frontrunners including the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild. The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are also in the mix with some talk that the Chicago Blackhawks are also involved in the bidding war.

Parise has said that money isn't the biggest factor in his decision, so it's fair to wonder if the Devils -- with whom he has spent his entire -- gain an advantage out of that considering their well-publicized financial issues.

Minnesota also might have the edge, with Parise and his fiance hailing from the area. We'll all know the answer soon enough...we think.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors: Parise Announces No Decision Made

New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise announced on Monday at a press conference in Toronto that he will take more time before making a decision about where he will play next season. He also announced he would go home to Minnesota to talk to his family about his decision (via NJ.com). The Devils are still in the running to retain Parise's services but the Wild, Blackhawks and Red Wings are also in the mix to sign him.

Parise had 31 goals and 38 assists last season for the Devils. He added eight goals and seven assists in New Jersey's run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Parise is just six goals away from 200 in his NHL career. He reached the 200 assist plateau last season and has 216 in his career.

Parise has played all seven of his NHL seasons with New Jersey.

The Devils retained goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg on Monday.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors 2012: Chicago Blackhawks 'Strong Contenders,' Decision Expected Very Soon

The list of possible destinations for free agent left wing Zach Parise might already be trimmed to just one or two teams, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reported on Monday.

Chere reports that the Chicago Blackhawks are "strong contenders" to sign Parise, who had 31 goals and 38 assists for 69 points this past season while helping the New Jersey Devils reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Parise, 27 years old, has stated a desire to return to New Jersey, but is considering other teams in the case that he and the Devils can't come to a suitable agreement.

The Devils are expected to hear the 5-foot-11, 194-pounder's decision very soon.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors: New Jersey Devils Still On Parise's List

Zach Parise can be a free agent on July 1. Rumors have been swirling that several teams are prepared to make a run at the New Jersey Devils star left wing, a key player in the team’s run to this past season’s Stanley Cup Finals. Pro Hockey Talk reports that Parise still won’t rule out returning to New Jersey. [via The Star-Ledger]

“If that does happen, my agents have done a really good job of doing the best they can to prepare me for it. But first and foremost, we want to try to get things worked out with New Jersey,” Parise said. “I know the perception would be, ‘Oh, he wants out.’ But that’s not the case. I haven’t been lying. I’ve said all along how much I like playing in New Jersey. So that wouldn’t be me saying, ‘I don’t want to play there anymore.’ ”

Parise has spent his entire seven-year career with New Jersey. He has 194 goals and 216 assists in his career.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors 2012: Former Minnesota GM Believes Wild Won't Be Outbid For Parise

Could New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise end up with the Minnesota Wild next season? Former Minnesota North Stars general manager Lou Nanne believes no one will top the Wild's bid for the forward.

"I had dinner with [Wild owner] Craig Leipold on Wednesday night. I know Chuck Fletcher and Leipold really want Parise, and what Craig told me is how hard he's going to go after him, and the kind of money he's going after him [with] - I don't see how Parise's not coming here," Nanne said during a radio interview.

"I can tell you this: No one is going to outbid the Wild. So if Parise goes somewhere else, you can bet he's going for less money. What I said is, ‘the kind of money that they're going to offer him, he might as well just come here and own the team and in his later years, win the Stanley Cup as an owner." (via Pro Hockey Talk)

Nanne also added that the offer will be so large that it would be hard to imagine Parise turning it down.

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